Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson to retire after 2018 season


Benjamin Watson's 15th NFL season will be his last.

The New Orleans Saints tight end has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.

Watson was the 32nd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He spent six seasons in New England, and he'll always be remembered by Pats fans for his incredible effort in chasing down Champ Bailey after the Broncos' defensive back intercepted Tom Brady in the end zone in a Divisional Playoff game in January 2006. Watson's tackle at the 1-yard line prevented a touchdown, and it remains one of the greatest plays in a Patriots loss throughout the Belichick era. 

He signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 2010 and spent three seasons with the AFC North franchise. 

Watson played for the Saints from 2013 through 2015, and then signed with the Baltimore Ravens but missed the entire 2016 season because of a torn Achilles suffered in the preseason. He played for the Ravens in 2017 before returning to the Saints for the 2018 campaign. 

The 38-year-old veteran has 33 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has tallied 528 receptions for 5,856 yards and 44 touchdowns in 194 career regular-season games. 

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